High Point, NC -- The Guilford County Department of Public Health is remind residents to beware of the rabies virus after the department confirmed the county's 28th case this year.
A raccoon found on Russell Avenue in High Point tested positive for the virus Monday, and one dog came in contact with the animal.
State law requires all domestic pets, whether living inside or outside, age four months or older, to be vaccinated. Any pet that comes in contact with a rabid animal must be euthanized or quarantined at the owner's expense, according to the health department.
For information on finding pet vaccination clinics in your area, call the Guilford County Animal Shelter at 336-297-5020, the Humane Society at 336-299-3060 or SPCA at 336-375-3222.
The department also asks that the public report stray animals acting strangely to Animal Control by calling 336-641-5990 in Greensboro or 336-883-3224 in High Point.
If you're ever bitten, immediately wash the area with soap and water, seek immediate medical attention and report the bite to an Animal Control officer.
And finally, for more information or to schedule an educational program, call the Guilford County Health Department at 336-641-7777, Guilford County Animal Control at 336-641-5990 or visit the health department's website.